A lot can happen in only twelve months. Some artists or bands will disband, while others may be climbing the charts.
So, we decided to take a look back and check up on the artists or bands who have previously received a 'Band of the Month' spot to see where they are now.
Last August 2011, as a part of our very first 'Band of the Month' feature, a little project known as The Raspberry Heaven was awarded the first position on our website. Now, one year later, it is time to check in on Michael Hansford and see what he, and The Raspberry Heaven, have been up to for the past twelve months.
This very talented project caught my eye instantly after I discovered Michael on Facebook in early 2011. And, over the course of 2011 Basement Entertainment booked The Raspberry Heaven twice, one of which being right here at Basement Entertainment for an acoustic event. We also interviewed Michael back in early August of 2011.
Originally formed in 2010, when Michael Hansford was only nineteen, The Raspberry Heaven has definitely blown up in the past two years. Not only is his project currently sitting at slightly over one thousand three hundred 'likes' on Facebook, but he has also shared the stage with The Midway State, Bif Naked, Chiara Young and many more.
When The Raspberry Heaven was awarded with the very first 'Band of the Month' position, in August of 2011, Michael had one release available. Since then, he has gone on to release three more EPs in a matter of one year.
Loyola; The Everafter, which was released on March 10th 2011, was The Raspberry Heaven's first official EP release. Then, on January 29th 2012 his next EP, titled Live From CFRL, was available for fans. One month after that, on February 14th 2012, the EP Maple Sunrise was released. And, most recently, his newest songs, When Everything Was Tropical and Halloween Like Wrinkled Magazines, were also released on June 13th 2012.
Beyond the new releases a few more exciting things have taken place in Michael's career. The Raspberry Heaven is now a proud member of the Arc Clothing Company, based out of Kitchener, Ontario. On top of that, Michael is planning to add to his collection by releasing a full length LP, scheduled to come out sometime in 2013.
Furthermore, Michael says he plans on doing many more solo events and tours over the next little while. He also stated that he plans on bringing The Raspberry Heaven back to its original roots, the way people know it best. There will also be some new merch on the way very soon along with a tour announcement at some point.
So, the future of Michael Hansford, and The Raspberry Heaven, definitely still looks bright. Over the past twelve months this project has undoubtedly blossomed further and it is exciting to see the success this young man has already had. And, we wish Michael all the best for the future.
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Photo credit: Facebook
Picture 1: Michael Hansford (vocals / guitar)
Picture 2: The Raspberry Heaven - Maple Sunrise EP Cover
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